Palisade’s Davis signs to play soccer at Saint Mary’s

Palisade’s Flannery Davis hugs her coach, Raina Sorensen, Wednesday after signing a letter of intent to play soccer at Division I Saint Mary’s.

In 2010, Flannery Davis watched a Saint Mary’s College of California soccer game and saw a reflection of the girls soccer team at Palisade.

Saint Mary’s skills and scrappiness made her feel at home.

And on Wednesday, Davis signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at Division I Saint Mary’s.

“I was looking at Alabama-Birmingham and Fort Lewis, too,” Davis said, “but St. Mary’s coach (Kai Edwards), I got to know him pretty well; he’s a great guy.”

Her freshman season, the center-midfielder started and helped the Bulldogs make the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons.

Her sophomore year, Palisade qualified for state and had a seven-game winning streak. Davis played with her sister, goalkeeper Amelia, who later walked on at the University of Denver.

Last spring, Palisade went 10-5-1 and lost to Lewis-Palmer, 1-0, in the first round of state.

Davis helped the Bulldogs become state playoff caliber and is eager for her senior season before she joins the Gaels.

What sets Davis apart from other high schoolers?

“Her competitiveness and determination,” Palisade coach Raina Sorensen said. “In practice, she runs sprints hurt, when she’s tired, she never slacks off.”

■ Tallahassee, Fla., here she comes.

Cedaredge sprinter Sierra Williams signed to run at Florida State University.

She is a returning Class 3A state champion in the 100-meter dash (12.14 seconds) and runner-up in the 200. She holds school record in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes, and anchored the Bruins’ 400, 800 and 1,600 school-record relays.

“I personally don’t like cold weather so it’ll definitely be nice to train in that weather,” Williams said. “I felt like I had the best relationships with coaches at FSU and I feel like I have the potential to work up to the (Atlantic Coast Conference) level.”

Williams said she received a partial scholarship, but the scholarship amount will go up as her times drop.

■ Cedaredge high jumper Danny Martinez signed to compete at Western State.

His personal best high jump is 6-foot-5.

■ Hotchkiss quarterback Braeden Horton is headed to Grinnell (Iowa) College.

The senior rushed for 669 yards and 15 touchdowns and passed for 512 yards and nine TDs for Hotchkiss,which reached the Class 1A state semifinals.

“It’s a private school that’s very difficult to get into,” said Horton’s dad, Doug. “They only accept 29 percent of their applicants. Academically, they’re in the top 20 liberal arts schools in the nation every year. He feels real fortunate to get in.”

Doug Horton said Grinnell wants to turn Braeden into a wide receiver.

■ Fruita Monument High School is having its ceremony at 2:15 today, when quarterback Zach Thorpe (Western State), linebacker Cody Daniels (Colorado Mesa) and offensive tackle Cameron Brown (Colorado Mesa) will celebrate their college choices.

■ Central coach Vern McGee said quarterback Taylor Sanchez has been offered a scholarship by Colorado Mesa and has received walk-on invitations from Colorado State and Northern Colorado.

“He got offered by Western State, but he doesn’t want to go to Gunnison,” McGee said.

McGee said guard Dylan Johnson will likely sign with either Fort Lewis or Colorado Mesa.

■ Palisade fullback Quinn Zamora is still undecided.


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